Beneath The Grandstand

NBA VP and former cop Frank Ross on pain felt around the country as a result of the death of George Floyd | Beneath the Grandstand (Ep. 11)

Episode Summary

In a span of just over two months, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd are all black Americans that have been subject to wrongful deaths, with two dying due to police misconduct. This week Frank Ross, Vice President of Player Personnel for the Washington Wizards of the NBA (Monumental Sports & Entertainment) and former Arlington (VA) Police Officer, provides context and perspective around the recent events that have caused such pain and unrest throughout the United States. Ross gives insight on how the police dealt with George Floyd and how it did not match up with regular training of police. Ross also provides insight on how the Wizards organization and the NBA are handling the recent events with players in one of the most well known leagues around the world. Ross helps shed light on how we can push conversations forward to bridge the gap between people of color and people not of color. Our hope is that this episode provides some educated the struggles in the black community and how you can progress in these conversations. Have questions for the hosts or guests? Email us at